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To: xzins
"However, we must admit that the Bible ONLY contains the inspired Word of God through His prophets and His apostles."

We must not and cannot admit that because the Bible itself says there is another authority to be obeyed:

2Thes:2:15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.

36 posted on 07/16/2009 11:57:21 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
2 Thess 2:from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

I would first point out that the context of the passage is teachings about salvation that had been handed down, but I'll be flexible.

First, the passage says these teachings had already been passed down by word prior to the writing of the letter to the Thessalonians. It says some of them had been delivered face-to-face (by word) and some by epistle.

It is obvious that none of us living today were present to hear those face to face sermons of Paul. But it is comforting to know that very early Paul affirms the authority of his epistles, and that some had already been written and sent out.

There is no acknowledgement that anyone other than the "our" mentioned in the passage could be the source of any teaching that was to be followed. Therefore, it had to be a teaching of Paul.

And we have the other necessary teachings of Paul preserved in his many other letters.

38 posted on 07/16/2009 12:40:19 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends all who ask Him for help.)
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